20 Sept 2021

AWWW MONDAY - WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 18



 

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WEEKEND 

Saturday was a beautiful day, the sun was shining for once and the world looked far better.  I didn't really know what to do with my day, but then in the afternoon I went to a little village not far away where a pumpkin festival took place. 

I was a bit reluctant, I thought maybe it will be the same flop as the Orchad festival in Waterloo, with a lot of publicity and nothing to see or do. 

I gave it a try and was not disappointed at all ! For the first time since 2 years of Covid prison I felt free and just like before this time ! Normal ! Lots of people and children were there, games for the children and adults tents with benches and beer, pumpkin soup, pumpkin juice and a lot of things to see. 

Nobody wore a mask, everybody laughed, kids jumped around and had fun  ! And I too ! I took a lot of pictures which I will show for the meme "Our World" ! Finally new photos and not digging in the past to look for some !

 

It was nothing special, before Corona, maybe I wouldn't even go there, but now it seems to me that people are hungry to get together and have fun without restrictions ! 

On my way back I stopped at the "Grange des champs" (Field Barn) where Mr. G. lives to say hello and show him my pictures. He hadn't expected my visit and was glad to see me. The retirement home is only 3 km from my home and when I am near there  I just pop in after my shopping. 

Sunday morning the sun was still present and  I thought I will go to another fest where people could sell all their junk, decorations or clothes or whatsoever and at the same time there were food stands and usually a cheerful athmosphere.

When I finally found the place because there were building a tunnel and Miss GPS had to direct me around, there was nothing. No people no cars and empty stands ! And then I saw the poster, the fest had been on Saturday and not on Sunday and what I saw were the left overs ! 

I didn't want to return home yet and continued without knowing where I was ! 

Is saw a house with a face smiling at me and my poor car didn't like the cobbled "streets". My car is already very small it is a  Toyota Aygo, and the streets shrank more and more and suddenly I was in the middle of a wood

I saw beautiful horses who didn't care that I was there and continued through the woods. No houses, no barns nothing. Not even a human. I liked driving on these narrow cobbled streets which seemed to date back to Roman times. I opened the windows and smelled the air of the wood. 

As I didn't know where I was, I finally pushed the button "Home" and followed the orders of Miss GPS.

Suddenly I had returned to civilisation and before I returned home I bought some fruits and something to eat for tonight.

This weekend wasn't something special, I didn't climb on the Mount Everest, but I had two days out in sunshine and freedom and no MASKS !!

And when I came home the laundry was done and ready to bring to Mr. G. That nobody tells me about "The good old times " !!


17 Sept 2021

FRIDAY's FAVORITE FIVE

Another week towards Christmas which I really fear this year. I had to bring fresh laundry to Mr. G, fortunately it is only his personal laundry and not the bedsheets or towels. My neighbor Adeline wanted to come with me to see the retirement home. For the moment she is a real  young woman despite her age of 83, younger anyway than I feel for the moment ! 

When we arrived, they were busy playing "Bingo" ! I watched a while and found that they all played very well. Mr.G. didn't want to participate because he doesn't know the game. His disease makes him very stubborn ! Fortunately the host didn't leave him in peace, so one day he will join in ! Adeline  was enthusiastic about how nice and friendly everyone was and how beautiful the building and
greenery around. We stayed a while and watched the game, then we returned home and had a drink together. 

I had to take little Rosie to the groomer because now that she is an inside cat her claws become long despite the scratching board.  She didn't protest when I put her in her new carrier, which is like a handbag for me but sang operas in the car. In no time all claws were trimmed and the young woman whom I hadn't seen since Arthur passed away, had so much to tell that she didn't want any money. She said it was so quick that she couldn't put a price on it ! Rosie returned into her carrier, meowed a little less and was happy when I let her out at home.

The owner of my apartment came from Spain where he lives his retirement life just to say hello and if I had a complaint, fortunately I hadn't so we chatted a bit and then he left. He is very kind, a real old fashioned gentlemen !

Nicole wanted to say hello to Mr. G, so we went there and this time they played another game,  to find words. It was so interesting that Nicole and I participated, but there were women between the players they were quicker then us ! 

 

We left when the game was over and Nicole who is already on the list, will go there too. With her brain cancer, she is still in a good shape, but it becomes difficult to live alone. 

That's what I did this week, I don't know I am really not motivated to go to an expositions or events, there is still this Corona Virus hanging  over our heads. I don't care, but some people are really hysterical !

This is how the the Covid certificate looks like I have it in my smartphone. In France you have to show this when you want to go into a restaurant, Theatre, bar, in short everywhere otherwise you are not allowed to enter ! In Belgium and other European countries they are discussing heavily to do the same, lots of people refuse the vaccine ! I think that's stupid.


 

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16 Sept 2021

HODGEPODGE SEPTEMBER 14

1. How would you define 'old'? At what age is someone old ?

For me personally the numbers written in my birth certificate don't count at all but how i feel and honestly I'm still as goofy as I was as a teenager and my son even calls me childish. There are people who are born old and stay old all their lives! I'm really sorry for them. 


 

2. A place you've been that's old? Tell us something about your visit there. 

Living in Europe we have a lot of old things if they were not demolished and replaced by glass boxes. I have been this week in a restaurant which was the old farm Mont St Jean dating from the 18. century which Wellington  used as hospital  for the wounded soldiers during the Waterloo battle in 1815.

 

3. Something you miss about the 'good old days'? When were they anyway? 

Good old days ?? I don't miss anything, I am always for new inventions, had already a dishwasher in the 60th, of course a washing machine too and a car. When I compare my life to that of my grandma I certainly miss nothing from the so said "good days" !

4. In what way are you a 'chip off the old block'? Or if you'd rather, in what way is your child a 'chip off the old block'? 

Once again I had to google to understand the "chip off the old block" ? Apparently in my case I am the second  edition of my aunt, my mother's sister. We not only looked very similar, but we also had the same adventurous character. Lots of people thought she was my mother, which made my mother very jaleous, and she once said "you are just like my sister" which in her eyes was an insult, for me a compliment.

5. Old fashioned, Old Testament, old timer, same old same old, old glory, good old boy, old wives tale...choose an 'old' phrase that relates to something in your life or the wider world currently and explain. 

I like the "old wives tale " where storks bring babies. There is a town in Morocco near Rabat called Chellah were hundres of storks stay. I have never seen so many storks in my whole life and thought if every one brings us babies the world will explode !

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I notice that people have changed since these lockdowns. Wherever you go to have a bit of fun

 you still have to play bank robber and wear a mask, except when you assist a football match (soccer) there your face can be uncovered ! Everybody is tired, quickly aggressive, and the shops or boutiques have old stuff on sale from two years ago ! I wonder if we will ever get back to what we called normal.

 

 

15 Sept 2021

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

 





 

 Have a nice meal

 

 

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14 Sept 2021

ORCHARD FESTIVAL

Each year except the last two years there is an Orchard Festival in Waterloo. Usually it is always very nice, people meet and chat, there is a lot to eat and drink and quite a lot of games for the kids.  

This year it was a "Covid" Orchard Festival. Almost nothing to see except "organic" stuff, like glass cases in fabric, or covers in fabric for school books ! The animals which each year were the joy of the children and adults weren't there either, apparently the protection of animals had forbidden it I wonder if they were afraid that the sheep, alpacas, horses, goats and chicken etc would catch the Covid version Waterloo. 

I walked around I wanted to take nice pictures with my new smartphone, but there were not many people there and those who came and had a look returned quickly home ! It's really a pity. Or you should organize this festival like each year or better don't do it at all !

And that's what I saw during my walk. I was glad that my grandson and his friend weren't with me, therewas not even an ice cream.

When I arrived I saw  a few kids climbing on a tree with the help of a cord, but not much spectators


This tractor attracted the attention of a few children, who climbed on it and suddenly the thing started to move ! A police woman saw it, screemed hysterically another policemen arrived and also a few men and they tried to stop this heavy thing. That at least was a kind of "Show".

When I saw this dog I immediately liked him he was only 6 month old and a mixture of two breads. Such a friendly dog he liked me too because he followed me and his young master had to follow his dog

This was the only food stand where you could eat fried sausages !


Not many people compared to the crowds of the other years, where you hardly could find a bench to sit


Go green !


empty spaces

Normally this way is packed with people !


 
Something to see ! The police demonstrated how important safty belts are !


Then there was a show with police dogs who are able to find drugs, money, jewelry, 
corpses etc but not yet the Corona Virus

And here was the same festival three years ago ! There the children my grandson included had a lot of fun.



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